Play Stadia on mobile devices

You can link your Stadia Controller wirelessly to a compatible mobile device using Wi-Fi. You can also use a USB cable to connect your Stadia Controller or supported third-party gamepad to your mobile device. Some third-party gamepads also support Bluetooth connectivity.

If you don't connect a controller, you can play directly on your mobile device screen using the touch gamepad preview.

If you're using a USB-C cable adapter to connect a controller to your mobile device, make sure the adapter side of the cable is connected to your mobile device.

Start a game

Before you start playing, link your Stadia Controller wirelessly to your mobile device, or connect it with a USB-C cable.

Wireless connection

  1. On your mobile device, open the Stadia app Stadia icon.
  2. Scroll down to "Your games" and tap the game you want to play.
  3. Make sure "This screen" is selected in the drop-down menu.
  4. Tap Play Stadia Play button. When the game launches, you'll be prompted to link a controller.
  5. On your Stadia Controller, press and hold the Stadia button Stadia button until the controller vibrates twice to re-enter linking mode.
    • The status light on your controller will blink white.
  6. Using the Stadia Controller, input the linking code displayed on your screen.

Note: If you're using your mobile data plan to play Stadia on your mobile device, you won't be able to play wirelessly with your Stadia Controller. To play wirelessly, connect your mobile device and Stadia Controller to the same Wi-Fi network.

Wired connection

  1. Connect your Stadia Controller to your mobile device with a USB-C cable.
  2. On your mobile device, open the Stadia app Stadia icon.
    • Depending on your settings, connecting a gamepad might start the app automatically.
  3. Scroll down to "Your games" and tap the game you want to play.
  4. Make sure "This screen" is selected in the drop-down menu.
  5. Tap Play Stadia Play button.

Note: When you connect your Stadia Controller to your mobile device, or link to it wirelessly, you'll be able to hear voice chat when you connect a headset to your phone, but you won't be able to speak to others with your mobile device or headset.

Reconnect a controller

If your controller is disconnected while you're playing a game, a linking code will appear on your screen.

  • To link your Stadia Controller wirelessly, make sure it's charged and in linking mode, then enter the linking code that appears on your mobile device's screen.
  • To reconnect a wired controller, connect it to your mobile device with a USB-C cable.
  • To exit the game, tap Exit game.

Note: If you exit your game, you can switch screens without losing your progress.

Using the touch gamepad preview

You can play Stadia on a compatible mobile device without a controller using the touch gamepad preview. To try it, launch a game when you don't have a controller connected, then tap Try touch gamepad.

Stadia Controller buttons will appear on your device's touch screen. Just press or tap them to play.

You can tap and drag the L or R circles on the screen to move the left or right analog sticks. You can also:

  • Tap and drag any empty space on the screen to move the right analog stick.
  • Tap and drag L1 or L2 to move the left analog stick (for example, to move your character) while performing another action.
  • Tap and drag R1 or R2 to move the right analog stick (for example, to move the camera) while performing another action.

Note: Some in-game interactions may be more difficult with the touch gamepad preview, especially for games that require using multiple controls at once. For the best experience, a Stadia Controller or third-party gamepad is recommended.

Play Stadia using mobile data

To play Stadia when your mobile device isn't connected to a Wi-Fi network, turn on the "Use mobile data" option in the the Experiments settings in the Stadia app Stadia icon. This setting will only take effect on the device you set it on, and you can turn it off at any time.

Note: This feature is still in development. if you experience quality issues with your stream, it is recommended you turn off the "Use mobile data" option.

To play Stadia on a mobile data network:

  • You must be on an LTE or 5G network.
  • Your mobile device must have a solid, consistent cellular signal.
  • Stay in one place. If you're in a vehicle or moving quickly, your connection may be interrupted.
  • Avoid public areas with lots of mobile device network traffic. Network performance may be degraded in these areas.
Playing games on Stadia may use a significant amount of data. You are responsible for any access or data fees incurred from your Internet provider or mobile carrier. If you enable the Use mobile data option on your mobile device, it is strongly recommended that you track your data usage to avoid unexpected data charges.

Open the Stadia menu

While you're playing a game, you can open the Stadia menu to view details like your friends list and connection status.

  1. On your Stadia Controller, press the Stadia button Stadia button.
  2. Tap the Stadia menu to interact with it.

Exit your current game

To exit a game when playing on a mobile device:

Stadia Controller

  1. Press and hold the Stadia button Stadia button for two seconds.
  2. Tap Exit game.

Other supported gamepads

  1. On your Android device, tap the Back button.
  2. Tap Exit game.
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